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ORF is investing 300 million euros in the domestic film and TV industry

In the coming year, the ORF will invest 105 million euros, thereafter an average of 100 million euros per year. Those in charge agreed on this at the film summit in the Federal Chancellery.

The ORF promises the domestic film and TV industry an order volume of 300 million euros for the years 2016 to 2018. This became known on Tuesday after a film summit in the Federal Chancellery. The agreement guarantees the TV producers a gradual increase in the order volume. After 88 million euros in 2015, it will be an average of 100 million euros per year from 2016, as the Chancellery said.

In 2016, the ORF budgeted investments of 95 million euros, 100 million euros in 2017 and 105 million euros in 2018 for domestic co-productions and commissioned productions, including the respective funds in the context of film funding. The ORF Board of Trustees still has to approve the film package as part of the ORF financial plan or medium-term planning.

"Planning and production security"

"ORF has been a reliable partner for many years and is the largest client of the Austrian film and TV industry. I am very pleased that with this agreement we can ensure that the successful cooperation will be prolonged," said ORF General Director Alexander Wrabetz. 300 million meant "sustainable planning and production security for Austrian films, documentaries and series in the ORF program." This will secure the "high level of Austrian filmmaking for years to come despite major program projects such as the Olympics or the European Football Championship," said the ORF boss.

At the meeting in the Federal Chancellery, Media Minister Josef Ostermayer (SPÖ), State Secretary for Economic Affairs Harald Mahrer (ÖVP), ORF boss Wrabetz, finance director Richard Grasl and television director Kathrin Zechner on the side of the public broadcaster as well as the lawyer, media and copyright expert Alfred J. . Noll and the producers Danny Krausz and Kurt Stocker (Dor-Film), John Lueftner (Superfilm) and Helmut Grasser (Allegro Film) for the film industry.

"Austrian film has written an unprecedented success story in recent years. Today's agreement of 300 million euros is a clear commitment to the future of Austrian film," said Media Minister Ostermayer after the negotiations. This will "strengthen the domestic film and television scene, create and secure jobs and protect the artistically high-quality film and television productions." State Secretary Mahrer spoke of a "step in the right direction" and a "positive signal" for the more than 1,500 employees in the film industry.

Danny Krausz, on behalf of the film associations involved, expressed his satisfaction with the "reliable negotiation result" and thanked ORF. "As a result, there can only be winners. First and foremost, these are the viewers of the ORF, for whom we will be able to deliver extensive Austrian program content over the next three years," said Krausz.

"Traces of Evil" and "Suburban Women"

In 2016, programs such as the first part of the trilogy "Maximilian", two new "Landkrimis" or the expansion of ORF brands such as "Traces of Evil" will be secured by the agreement, the broadcaster announced. In the area of ​​series, popular formats such as "Vorstadtweiber", "Soko" or "4 Women and a Death" could be extended and new offers implemented. And the "Universum History" series could be expanded to include the history of the federal states.

(APA)